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Future Minds: How the Digital Age is Changing Our Minds, Why This Matters and What We Can Do About It by Richard Watson

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Chapter 5Thinking Spaces

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”

Mahatma Gandhi

In 1968, William Anders, Frank Borman, and James Lovell spent three days traveling to the moon and were the first humans in history to glimpse its far side. On the fourth lunar orbit, on Christmas Eve, the crew of Apollo 8 saw something else that had never been seen before: an earthrise, a fragile blue planet rising, somewhat optimistically, above an inhospitable lunar landscape.

Instinctively recognizing that this was a significant event, Anders grabbed a camera and took some photographs. These pictures effectively started the environmental movement back on earth in the early 1970s.

Many astronauts have now experienced this view of the earth, but its power ...

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